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Monday, April 26, 2010

10th Table Top Tuesday - Prof. Designer Kit. Staging



Thank you so much for joining Table Top Tuesday. I really look forward to seeing all the wonderful vignettes you've created.

I have a wonderful friend who designs and stages million dollar homes for a custom builder. She was visiting and when I mentioned I was redoing all the tables and bookcases in the Familyroom, and the Kitchen was next. She said, let me do it. Yippee!!!! Of course I said yes, and teach me while you do it. Now I certainly don't have a million dollar home or accessories to match, but boy did she go to town shopping the house. Sorry lots of pictures, but I thought it was interesting.

This is what the kitchen looked like when she started.

This is what she created, version One. I couldn't believe that she did three versions.

Lesson #1. Since this is the view you see from the Dining Room, she wanted something to draw a person in. She chose to put my tureen on the counter since it really catches your eye.


Lesson #2. Tie the kitchen into the rest of the area. This is a napkin with colors that tie into the FR and BR. She used it to ground the tureen.


Lesson #3. Since I just redid the coffee table, end tables and bookcases in the family room in what she called a sort of Bahama-Ralph Lauren style, she wanted to take most of the country out of the kitchen. She started with the corner since that is the most predominant area in the kitchen that you see first.


She mixed some green apples in with the lemons since I didn't have limes and kept the scale and grapes.


She kept this scale with the cheese and grapes, wheat and the little basket of eggs.


She took an old world container and filled it with dried hydranges and beaded grass. A little rooster and she was happy.


On the left of the stove, she created this little vignette. She wound some ivy inside and outside of the wire cloche and placed the rooster next to it.



On the far right corner of the kitchen, I told her I had to keep the bread box since it holds all my cookbooks and my mom made it. She thought it was a little country, but smiled and said we'll make it work. Gotta' love her.


She even redid my rooster planter for the breakfast table.



Version Two -

She put the rooster planter on the island and redid the rest of the counters totally different.


She added the small rooster, some grapes and placed the rooster planter on a platter.


Since I had to have it, she moved the bread box over next to the coffee pot.


Then she created totally different vignettes on the counters.


The plate Bill sent me, a cookbook, wheat, scale and the old malt mixer all seem to go together.


This old malt mixer was one my mom had when I was a kid. My children, grandchildren and I love to make malts. So good. It has always been next to the coffee pot before.


The corner got some changes too. She stood the wicker tray as the backdrop, added the green jar, a wicker placemat to ground everything, a cork pear and apple and an apothecary jar full of pasta.






She liked all the counters now and thought the old world theme was working with the rest of the room, but she wasn't pleased with the island, so she created another vignette.


A cookbook opened up, one of my tortoise chargers filled with wisks, measuring spoons and cups and my special oils in an iron carrier, some grapes and she was happy.


Totally different look.


Version #1


Version #2


Version #3


She did all of this is about 2 hours and kept me laughing the whole time. She just shopped the house, pantry and all the kitchen cabinets. I was totally fascinated at her creativity and imagination.

Which is your favorite?

I am also linking to:

Nifty Thrifty Tues. - Coastal Charm
Toot Your Horn Tues. - A Silly Little Sparrow
Do It Yourself Day Tues. - A Soft Place To Land
Woo Hoo Wednesday - Always Nesting
Works For Me Wed. - We Are That Family
Spot Light Yourself - It's So Very Cheri
Those Special Touches Wed. - Imparting Grace

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.



Be sure to link up to Mr. Linky below. I can't wait to see what all you've created.

99 comments:

  1. How fun to have an expert stager work with your own items! My favorite is version #2. I think the version #3 island would be perfect if you were featured in a cooking magazine, but #2 looks most welcoming and elegant to me. What a wonderful lot of goodies you have!

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  2. Choices, choices. You have such beautiful items to work with. I just love those old scales.

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  3. They all look wonderful...I really like the open book....does she need a new friend???

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  4. I love it all! So many pretty things!

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  5. It is all so pretty. I love the lemons and limes in that jar!
    Robin

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  6. Wow! She is good and full of energy. I like all of them. When you get tired of one you can always go back to the others....Christine

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  7. Wow! She is good and full of energy. I like all of them. When you get tired of one you can always go back to the others....Christine

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  8. Oh my gosh! I really enjoyed all of your photos, Marty! I love love the 2nd version! Wow, what a talented lady! Thank you for sharing with us!
    Sandra

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  9. Wow! Amazing -- now that's the kind of friend to have!

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  10. Marty, what fun you had watching her create new wonderful vignettes. I love the final version!

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  11. All of it looks wonderful...and you have some AWESOME things to work with.

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  12. I so much enjoyed looking at what you friend came up with for you. You have great accessories on display!

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  13. What fun! I do some staging in my job and my neighbor LOVES to tag along and offer to help- we laugh all day! I like 2 and 3 the best. Now which one do YOU like??
    xoxo Pattie

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  14. Now that was really fun Marty! I enjoyed seeing all the changes. Your kitchen always looks beautiful and you have such neat things to work with.
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  15. Hi Marty! What a treat to have your kitchen all fixed up by an expert! Now I'm telling you the truth - I don't know which version I like the best! I love 'em all!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. It is fun, isn't it, to see the different combinations and looks you can get in the same space! It all looks great but #3 is my favorite!
    Thanks for inviting me to your Table Top Tuesday event, Marty!
    Have a beautiful week!
    ;-D Kathleen

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  17. Marty, you are one lucky lady. I thought they all were just beautiful but I think my fav may have been #2 although #3 looked great. Some help I am!!! Thanks for hosting tonight and all the wonderful inspiration you give to everyone.
    Sandy

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  18. Wow, marty! How fun was that! I love the old world version best, but all are beautiful! And how nice of your friend to do that for you! I loved your patio post, too! You and Kathysue are making me have the urge to get outside and get mine ready! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  19. Oh my goodness Marty! What a treat to have a professional stager in the house...I would love to have their service for a few areas in my home. It's a really hard decision...but my favorite is version # 3. I love the cookbook vignette on your granite island..so rich looking! All the pictures are great!

    Miss Bloomers

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  20. How fun Marty~ I LOVE LOVE LOVE VERSON #3 it goes best with the kitchen colors and all. LOVE IT!

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  21. I had so much fun myself just seeing all she did ~~ I can only imagine how much fun it was for you! This is a tough one. I THINK I like #2 the best. I really like #3 but wonder if I would like it better in the corner. I can just see the cookbook falling down easily. I do love that look, but maybe tucked in the corner. What happened to your white tureen and rooster in look #3?

    So fun!

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  22. Hi Marty,

    I love version #3 with the open book...looks very inviting, like we are actually going to eat something yummy! :) I also love your malt machine...what a treasure! So many sweet memories I am sure!
    Hugs, Carolyn

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  23. Everyone should have a friend like yours! How fun it must have been watching her work her magic. Love all of the vignettes.

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  24. Hi Marty, Thanks for the visit. Thought I would accept your invitation and join in Tabletop Tuesday. All of the vignettes are wonderful and I'm sure you had so much fun doing this. What a wonderful and creative friend you have. I think I like the last one best, with the open cookbook and grapes; it looks so very European. ♥

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  25. Marty, that's darling!! I have 2 scales like you have and I try to hide them. I think I'll froufrou them up and put something on them and let them sit on the counters, sweetpea. Terrific of your friend.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  26. Marty THanks for all the pictures! I loved studying them and will go back and stare some more!! What great tips she gave that you were so kind to pass along to us!!

    How fun to have a friend who does this for living to come in and help though I really don't think you need any help at all. It is fun to see your things from their perspective though!

    So glad I could join the party this week!!

    bee blessed
    mary

    ps- guess what? woke up to snow this morning again! :{

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  27. Hi Marty! Wow, what a great post! I loved seeing all of these great shots of your kitchen.I will have to go back and look at each picture in detail and see what hints I can pick up!

    Thanks so much for having me today too.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  28. Oh Marty! I am totally jealous! What a wonderful friend to have! Not only one who knows how to do this but who does it willingly and joyfully! What fun! I like Option 1 the best. Your tureen just pops! Then my eyes just scan the rest of the room happily! I loved this post!

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  29. Marty, it all looks great, but the 3rd vignette is especially charming. Though you are very talented and creative yourself, it is fun to have someone else come in with "fresh eyes" to give a new look. Pretty! Linda

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  30. Wow they are all great! I think I like the third one best! All you have to do now is live with one, then get out photo 2, then do that then you still have option 3! Nice friend!!

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  31. Marty-This was fun! I know you had fun watching and doing it with her! Well, you know how much I love that tureen, so any time I see it, I am happy. But I love #3 too! Putting the cookbooks in the bread box is a great idea!!! Love the malt mixer too!

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  32. Oh how fun...I love doing stuff like that at my own house, it would be really interesting to see what a pro would do. My favorite is #3...now I'll go back and read the other opinions!

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  33. Love seeing what your friend did!

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  34. Each one looks great and gives you lots of options...I just throw things together and never think that there are actually mechanics involved in the way it should be done. Now, I can see me really overthinking things. Looks like you had a great time and what a good friend to have.

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  35. I like the second one best, and I think it's because I'm always drawn to florals. It sounds like you both had fun doing this! It's interesting to see how and what other people can do with the stuff you are so used to seeing everyday.

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  36. Oh, What fun! When can she come to my house? I love the wicker platter backdrop vignette and the cookbook and oils looks so inviting! I know you had a blast seeing all your wonderful treasures through someone else eyes! She did some wonderful vignettes! I so glad she keep the wire cloche! I always love your vignettes! This was a fun post!
    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog.

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  37. What a terrific friend! I think this would be such a fun way to spend the day. Playing with different arrangements is so inspiring. Loved seeing the different versions. I like the first one the best. I like the fruit atop the white tureen. Stunning!
    Marty, thanks for sharing these fun photos.

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  38. this was fun to lok at. All her changes. I like the book and grapes ect. she reminds me of my mom, she comes over and does that to my house too.. i like when she does that. mishelle

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  39. You lucky girl you to have a professional do your vignettes!! I bet she had a ball with all the nice goodies you have to work with! This is my favorite thing to do and I love to do it for my friends too!

    Katherine

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  40. How wonderful to have a good friend help you with your arrangements...it is so nice to get a different opinion and viewpoint!

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  41. HI!!!
    What a fun friend to have, and for her to feel so open and honest with you!!!!I am torn between 2 and 3, for different reasons, I like the homey feel of 2 but the presentation thing with #3, so I guess leave the one you like best or mix it up here and there!!!If ever she is bored and would like to play with mine send her over!!!!
    Hugs,
    jamie

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  42. Marty,

    You have so many pretties in your kitchen, and all the different arrangements are nice! But I'm gonna have to pick version #1 because I totally LOVE that gorgeous tureen with the fruit on top!!

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  43. Hi Marty,
    I love all the versions but, My favorite is #1.
    Which one are you going to have around for awhile?
    Happy Table Top Tuesday.
    xoxo
    Betty

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  44. Hi Marty,
    I love all the versions but, My favorite is #1.
    Which one are you going to have around for awhile?
    Happy Table Top Tuesday.
    xoxo
    Betty

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  45. What a great friend to have! My preference is #3, but they all look great.

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  46. Your kitchen was already beautiful! She simply tweaked your pretties:) I like version #3...'cuz I like an open cookbook in the kitchen.

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  47. This was too much fun to browse through.. Your kitchen is always like stepping into a showroom anyway but I love her no. 3 version. I guess ya know some of us Monkey See~Monkey Do folks,, well me anyway,:) will be trying to do a version of this.

    hugs
    Sonny

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  48. I can't decide. Honestly, I love each one...now can you send her my way! lol...

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  49. Your friend did a great job!! I love them all....Kathy

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  50. Marty,
    I can't decide either! But I agree that when you get tired of one way go another! They all 3 look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing and have a blessed day!
    Juanita

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  51. Hi Marty, how great to have a friend help you out. Couldn't decide what I liked best, they were all wonderful. Hey, I also enjoyed your patio fluffing! It reminds me that I need to fix up my patio as well.

    Have a great day! Bonnie

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  52. Oh Dear! Am I supposed to choose which I like best? Because I can't! :)

    Marty, you have so many beautiful things to work with! She could come up with 10 more versions that I would love!! :)

    ~Liz

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  53. Now that must have been fun - for you and for her. You have such wonderful treasures for her to work with. I'm in love with your malt mixer! All three versions are pretty. It is so interesting to see how someone else thinks to use things differently. I've always liked how you've arranged your kitchen countertops, but it is fun to see what someone else would do. Thanks for hosting. laurie

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  54. i like them all but my fave is #3 and yes what a nice friend you have!.
    have a great day dear friend Marty..

    Silvia,xxx

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  55. Wow, your kitchen is so pretty no matter what version you use. I think I like #2 the very best. :-)

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  56. Hi Marty!

    I just joined your party for the first time! What fun, still having a bit of trouble with photos and getting text where it's suppose to be! I'll get it!

    I love your post today, how incredibly fun to have a stage party in your own home! Awesome photographs, you all did great.

    Nancy

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  57. Hi Marty! It's so true that carrying colors from one space to another draws the eye. Isn't it amazing what a big pop you can achieve when you just give everything a little shift. Your stager was lucky because you have so many lovely things!! Thanks for being our hostess again this week.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  58. Hi Marty! It's so true that carrying colors from one space to another draws the eye. Isn't it amazing what a big pop you can achieve when you just give everything a little shift. Your stager was lucky because you have so many lovely things!! Thanks for being our hostess again this week.

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  59. Hi Marty, How lucky of you to have a friend that does such beautiful work. I just loved everything and would love someone to come in and do that for me. I'm participating in Tabletop Tuesday for my very FIRST time today. Thank you for hosting, I'm very excited to join in! I hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  60. Dearest Marty,

    Wow!~ This three version, 'Table Top Tuesday' extravaganza of the professional tablescape vignettes done three fabulous ways in your kitchen, is just the most wonderfully delightful primer on table top expertise with regard to decorating them expertly!!..,

    The suberb, proffessional lessons on how your fabulous proffessional home stager friend would tablescape and decorate the island and counters areas in your lovely kitchen is just so wonderful!~ Showing us step by step no less than three versions of how to creatively arrange things, is so informative and interesting!~ Simply fresh, inspiring, inviting and so beautiful!

    ..,What a talented and generous friend you have!

    Kitchen, accessories,'eyecandy' at it's best!

    Thanks so much for visiting my Tuesday Tea For Two, Wednesday Tea For me, and of course also my 'Table Top Tuesday' tablescape vignette!~ Your kind and encouraging words always brighten my day dear Marty!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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  61. That is a beautiful kitchen. I just love all the details of homes. This is exuding PRIDE!

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  62. What a friend! I need one like her! I like them all, but I think #3 is my favorite. Which one do you like best?

    ~ Tracy

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  63. Marty, I like your version the best. You can tell a "real" person created that vignette with love and verve. The vignettes done by your friend are exactly that "staged" and they look "staged" and cold, I might add. But that's her job.

    You have beautiful taste, that has never let you down before. A home should look like a home, not a staging arena.
    Jackie

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  64. Marty -- it's all gorgeous! What fun to have a "pro" play with your things and find THREE different, beautiful ways to accessorize your kitchen. It helps that you have a stunning kitchen!

    I love the theory of "drawing people in" to the room ... will have to remember that one!
    Cass

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  65. Aren't you lucky to have had such expert help? It all looks superb, but truthfully, I think what you had done did, too.
    Scribbler

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  66. what fun--It made me chuckle too! I like the last setting for the Island---I really love the cookbook and things that were put together for that!!!! I Like all of the countertops--I would have to think more about which I would like the best; they were all interesting!

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  67. Ok, so I looked again at the countertops and I think (think) that I like the second one best for that area--I like the flowers that are in the corner area.

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  68. Marty so glad you posted this, How fun!! it is fun to see your home through someone else's eyes. I would have a hard time picking a favorite, which one do you like the most. That is the one and only decison that really counts. kathysue

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  69. Is this marvelous woman available? WOW! What a beautiful change for you. Love it all, Marty.

    Have a great week.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  70. Hi Marty...

    Ohhh my...I bet you did have fun watching your girlfriend do all of this rearranging and creating vignettes! Please send her to my house next! Hehe! Well Darlin', I honestly cannot choose which version I like the best...I think they are all gorgeous! The only thing I can say about version 3 is that it's very different from what I usually see on that counter...so that's fun! I do love that that pretty vignette has an "Old World" ambiance! Ohhh...what fun!!! Of course, I just love your kitchen and I always think that you have it looking sooo pretty!!!

    My friend, I wanted to come by to say thank you for your sweet note and well wishes that you left for my Sunday Favorites "One Year" birthday celebration! That's just sooo sweet of you...I'm just tickled pink that you came by, sweet friend!!! Thank you!!!

    Have a fabulous day and best wishes on the gift card giveaway!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  71. There are parts of each that I like. Personally, I would keep the tureen in the kitchen for a while. It is very interesting. What do you like? That's the most important factor. Have fun deciding.

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  72. What beautiful vignettes! The green Hamilton Beach milkshake mixer is my fav!

    Susan

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  73. Version 3!! Love it! She is very talented. My daughter does this too and when she works her magic, you feel like you're in a different home. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo
    Pat

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  74. Hey you.....so glad you came just now!!! I don;t know what you mean by link..but you cand do whatever you want with my photos(sorry I am computer challenged)Anyway,love this post,sounds like alot of fun thats for sure,take care my friend,talk to you soon! x0x0

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  75. What fun! Looks beautiful as it always does!

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  76. I have a talented friend too, and I love it when she comes over and rearranges things. By using what we already have in a whole new way, she really opens my eyes to what my "style" truly is. She can look at a piece of fabric and instantly know if it will work or not. I, on the other hand, usually need many attempts to get things to look good together. I love the 3rd picture, especially since it seems to reflect what you had already started in the rest of the living area. Interesting post!

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  77. My favorite thing of all is the vignette with the cookbook. I saw something similar in a show house once and it always stuck in my mind.

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  78. I liked all three. It is fun to change things up a bit. But I think I liked # 1 the best. The soup taureen with the rooster looked best to me.
    My, you have a lot of great stuff to work vignettes with.

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  79. Oooh, how fun to have such a talented friend! I think all three are winners, but I slightly prefer version #3!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  80. Ih Marty.....the first note you left me stressed me right out,however could I figure this one out.....by the time I got to the last note you left me I was laughing out loud....your so sweet,honestly I could never have done it...thank you so much! How in the world I even have a blog is beyond me,dah should be my middle name! Thanks again,talk to you soon! x0x0x

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  81. Amazing work and in such a short amount of time! I love #3 the best. You have great "stuff" to work with and your home is so beautiful.

    Thank you so much for linking to Woo Hoo! Wednesday. Grab a glass of wine and join the fun!

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  82. Your home is so lovely, but I LOVE, love your kitchen. I was trying to figure out what your backsplash was ? It looks like something Loew's had up here last year. It finishes off everything so beautifully.
    I have a new blog == Do stop over and visit me when you have the time. I need some followers. My other blog. I worked up to 7000 hits, and now I can't get one. I need to be more patient with myself.
    I would love to put some form of brick up and searching a bit for a blog that did that.
    Yours is wonderful !

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  83. Marty, this sounds like such a fun day! Your friend did a beautiful job, but then she was lucky that you have such a wonderful treasure trove of things to choose from. So happy to see that you linked up to Marla's party - Woo Hoo indeed! Hugs, Kat

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  84. I love your antique scale and bred box! It all looks so lovely!

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  85. I love them all...I could never pick just one! I am in love with your scale and of course I adore the roosters!

    She did a beautiful job giving you so many options to choose from!

    Wonderful Marty!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  86. Lucky you to have a friend like this...she did an awesome job...love #3! Thanks for coming to NTT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  87. Hi Marty!

    I didn't get a chance to join the party today (we were out of town) but, I am enjoying this post! What a fun day you must have had with your friend! I would love to do that, just have someone come in and shop my home and recreate my space. It is always fun to see things through someone else's eyes!

    I love all the different versions. But, my favorite is the 3rd one! It really gives the room a different feel.

    have a wonderful day!

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  88. I like version #3 but they all look wonderful.

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  89. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Marty, I appreciate your visit & comment! What fun the two of you must have had doing all that staging! I think I like the third option the best.

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  90. Hi Marty, Thanks for stopping over to visit my blog. Also, TU for the intro on your first page today. That was so nice and thoughtful of you to write thqt. I have been a blogger for two years, but lost it-- not sure why. Now I tread softly and hope it there are no repeats.

    I think I am coming to your house and "borrow" your kitchen for about 20 years. Love it ! Each of the decorations look so good. Somehow I got stuck on the one with the cookbook. I would rotate them and it gets a cleaning that way, too, lol.
    I see you are very active in all areas of blogging. Good for you. I am on this computer so much, I need to get away so my friends don't forget me. This is so much fun and addictive.
    Thanks again for your warmth.......

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  91. I love version #3. I have a malt mixer similar to the one you have that was mine when I was growing up. Right now it's in the pantry, but you have inspired me to pull it out and incorporate it on my countertop. I'll have to find room first though LOL

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  92. I'd like to tell you one thing that will change a view of your that is unique invitations so thanks for the best deal.

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  93. Greetings! I just discovered your blog. Love your kitchen, especially the island. I vote for version #3. I like the book there. But actually, they all look nice. Your friend has a lot of energy! :)
    Best regards,
    Gloria

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  94. All of your "kitchens" are absolutely lovely. You have a beautiful home and your tastes are reflected in all of your wonderful accessories. Genius

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  95. So very beautiful, warm and inviting. I am afraid your friend would not have as much to work with and build upon in my kitchen! Blessings! Linda J

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  96. What a lovely kitchen! Wonderful blog! I am a new follower:) Happy Easter!

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  97. I think my favorite version would be #3...but I LOVE the soup tureen on your island is #1!!

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  98. I love it all and really would like to know your waxing process. My cabinets are stained/pickled but too light and would like to darken them some. Please explain how you did this. Thanks, Pamie G.

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